A group of about 30 protestors greeted attendees at a wind energy information night in Smithville on Tuesday.
About 200 people attended the event, planned by the proponent IPC Energy, at South Lincoln Secondary School, with industry panelists fielding questions from a sometimes restless audience of locals and supporters from surrounding communities. The protest was organized by the West Lincoln Wind Action Group (WLWAG).
Protestors handed out pamphlets and spoke to locals attending the information night. Lloyd Davies, of Glanbrook, was one of the protestors. He said he was concerned about the health effects from the West Lincoln project, as it bordered Westbrook Road and the town line.
“Some of our homes in our township are going to be too close to this,” said Davies.
Davies attended an information night organized by an anti-windpower community group in November of 2010, and heard testimony from speakers who claimed to have suffered bad health after the construction of wind turbines nearby.
“I don’t know nothing about sound personally, but it seems to have a terrible effect on your nervous system, for some people. And it also affects animals too, dogs and cats… it’s serious stuff. The wind company is showing here tonight as an information night to try and quell our fears,” he said. When asked if there was any information the industry panel could provide which would quell his personal fears, Davies replied simply, “No. Absolutely not.”
Cam Pritchard, spokesperson for WLWAG, said the protest was a way of keeping the concerns of the group in the public eye.
“We’re concerned about our health and our property values, and the neighbour-to-neighbour conflict that is happening with these turbines that are going in. We’d like to have the wind turbines company explain themselves.”
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